In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours,
In those freckles live their savours:
I must go seek some dewdrops here
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
How is it June? I'm sure it was only April yesterday....
Midsummer is soon to be upon us - but we've had so much rain and darkness this Spring, that it seems unfair that the peak of the Sun's light is in a mere 18 days. Still, there is a Summer ahead of us...somewhere...and in the meantime there is no harm in some revelry around the bonfire!
About.com always has some great information if you are wondering about the history of the Solstice.
And some interesting lore, such as:
It is believed in parts of England that if you stay up all night on Midsummer's Eve, sitting in the middle of a stone circle, you will see the Fae. But be careful - carry a bit of Rue (of course) in your pocket to keep them from harassing you, or turn your jacket inside out to confuse them.
Or - you can just just do a bit of divination with The Faeries Oracle if you want to see the Fae. This unique deck was crafted by Brian Froud who was a conceptual artist for the movies Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal.